Royal Naval Writers’ Association

Formed in 1887 - The Oldest Military Association

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Awards & Honours

‘Irrespective of whether today, yesterday, months, years or decades ago, if you have received personal recognition of an Award or Honour that you would like to share with RNWA members and oppos then please let us know. Ideally every submission should be accompanied by at least one photograph (a maximum of three) and a write-up explaining the photograph(s) and how and when you came by the Award or Honour. Please do not read too deeply into the title in so as far as the formality and the official capacity of the Award or Honour. Of course if you received a CBE, OBE, MBE, BEM or any other form of military or civilian type of honour, then let’s hear about it, but on the other hand let’s have an element and mixture of fun, so perhaps in your Pussers days you were awarded a certificate for ‘Crossing The Line’ or an award for the largest marrow at your local County fayre, then be proud and let’s hear about it to liven up the website with glorious dits’ and photo’s. You can of course submit more than one topic that you were and are proud of.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


Rebecca Fayans

Leading Writer Rebecca Fyans was named in 2018 as a Rising Star in Defence at a prestigious awards ceremony in London, singling her out as an inspirational role model in recognition of her tireless charity work championing a cause she is so passionate about.

You do not need to spend long with Rebecca to realise why she was plucked from 1,250 high calibre entries, to win the award. Her enthusiasm is infectious, she is positive, approachable, and fiercely determined to use her own experiences to improve that of others, spreading a positive message of life with someone that has Down syndrome.

After traveling across Asia Pacific in 2004 Rebecca realised, she wanted to do something different so joined the Royal Navy in 2007 at the age of 27. She has worked on board HMS YORK, in Camp Bastion hospital in Afghanistan and the shore establishment HMS NELSON, before finding out she was pregnant in 2012.

Her son Sebby was born in 2013 with Down syndrome “This is when my life changed for the better, forever” says the hardworking mum of two.

“The Royal Navy allowed me to take a career break to dedicate my time to ensuring he had the best start in life. During this time, I became closely involved with a children’s charity, the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association.

“Volunteering as a charity Secretary, Trustee and new parent liaison I have; delivered training to midwives on how to give a positive diagnosis of DS; lectured college students and educational professionals; spoken at charity events and high-profile dinners; been filmed for TV and organised and taken part in multiple fundraising events.”

In recognition of her dedication and commitment to the community, ‘Bex’ was awarded the MBE.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][spacer][vc_column_text]



Award of British Empire Medal

In May, Marie was informed that she was to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens’ Birthday Honours List. It was to be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE and it was presented ‘For being The Standard Bearer for the Royal Naval Association and for services to Veterans and the community’.

The presentation was held at Northallerton County Hall on 29 September 2019 and Marie took with her a family member and three friends from where she had previously worked.  It was a lovely day and 5 awards were presented. After the ceremony and photos in the grounds Marie had tea and sandwiches and cake and they were all given a book signed by the Lord Lieutenant about North Yorkshire

Marie was supposedly to have been invited to a Queens’ Garden Party but somehow was missed but fortunately accompanied a friend from the Wrens, (ex-Writer G) Lin McCormack. That again was a most enjoyable and memorable day and again the weather smiled on them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]